Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
One of the most common health problems in the United States is hearing loss. This problem affects many people as they age and will affect more than a third of older people by age 75. Age-related hearing loss usually occurs gradually, and usually in both ears, but not always. Most people describe this as an inability to hear normal sounds that gets worse over time.
Lowe Audiology specializes in helping people hear better. Whether the cause is aging or not, we recommend beginning with a hearing test. This is the definitive method used to pinpoint your ability to hear various sounds. Our audiologists offer a range of services:
Earwax, known as cerumen, is a thick substance produced to attract and trap dirt and debris in the ear canal. It usually dissipates through normal washing of the head and ears. However, it can become built up to the point it needs removal.
Careful removal is necessary. It is dangerous to your hearing to put any hard implement inside your ears. There are products that can help, but we recommend a consultation about removal. Call today with any questions about earwax.
Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluations
The hearing test is the first step toward better hearing health. It is part of a comprehensive evaluation of your ability to hear, but it is only one component. Audiologic evaluation involves checking the structures of the ear and their connection to the auditory nerve and brain. This diagnosis gives a detailed picture of any issues related to hearing and ear health.
Hearing loss has several causes. The evaluation checks not only for age-related degeneration but damage from diseases or injuries. For example, the tiny hairs that transmit sound in the middle ear can be damaged; one test, otoacoustic emissions, records the level of response of these hairs.
Hearing Aid Evaluation and Selection
One of the most asked questions at our office is: Do I need a hearing aid? This is the first thing people think when they realize they have a problem hearing speech and other noises. The hearing evaluation process allows us to determine precisely what you need in a device to hear at the top of your ability.
Our hearing testing takes many variables into account:
- Type of hearing loss
- Age and ability to use small instruments
- Severity of hearing loss
- Detailed listening environments encountered on a daily basis
These factors lead to the selection of a hearing aid that is the right size and power for your needs. Since the devices range from tiny, invisible products to larger, behind-the-ear units, the selection process is thorough and personalized.
Hearing Aid Fitting & programming
Today’s hearing aids are marvels of miniature computer technology. They have features unheard of just a few years ago. Each unit is custom fit to your ear and designed precisely for your hearing impairment level.
We fit and program hearing aids the same way: to your specific needs derived from a hearing evaluation. Fitting includes testing and retesting to make sure the device works properly in your hearing environments. Hearing aid fitting is never a one-time event; you will visit periodically to adjust the hearing aid for sound and fit.
Hearing Aid Repairs
Every hearing aid is a precision instrument that needs maintenance. It may also need repairs, which range from a loose connection or battery to repairs at the factory representative. We can often repair your hearing device in the office.
The problem can be as simple as earwax buildup or more complicated. Trained audiologists at Lowe Audiology will evaluate your hearing aid and recommend the best way to proceed. Call us with any hearing aid questions.